BA (Hons) Fine Art
Gregory Howard’s practice seeks to manipulate the formal elements of painting, setting up an organisation of space, colour and gesture to create tensions across the canvas. Altering his approach to suit the unique characteristics of each painting, he employs different strategies to develop the work at hand. Engaging with digital techniques as a tool, alongside traditional oil paint and mediums, his paintings comment on the ways the virtual world has impregnated our hand built, analogue environments. Traits picked up from using digital software, paying specific attention to colour, brush selection and layering, are inadvertently carried into his physical practice, when working on the canvas. The paintings can be understood as sites suggesting the physical trace of the hand and a history of decision making, with the process of the painting being revealed at certain moments in each painting, evident most fully when the work is experienced first-hand.